Master Bathroom Phase 1: The Plan

Doing a major DIY renovation isn’t what I expected for our Coronavirus lockdown! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my stories about how our master bathroom sink broke a couple of weeks ago and our order for the replacement part was straight-up canceled by Amazon. (Fun!) My husband I debated calling a plumber like normal people, but decided that there were enough things going haywire in this room to justify a Phase 1 remodel. Here’s a brief recap:

  • There’s the aforementioned sink problem.

  • The flooring was installed incorrectly, according to our home inspector. The tile was adhered directly to the subfloor without an appropriate underlayment— the grout cracks ALL THE TIME—and now tiles are getting loose.

  • The toilet is ancient and doesn’t always flush (sorry).

  • Only half of the lights work and we aren’t sure why.

  • Aside from the vanity, there’s no storage. No cabinets, no linen closet on this level, nothing.

Man. Now that I’ve typed it all out, it sounds terrible. Clearly we’re doing the right thing. Here’s a look at the design plan that’s been bouncing around in my head:

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I know, I know. It’s the same IKEA vanity we did in our LAST bathroom remodel, but you know what? We loved it. So here it is again, albeit in a different color. We’re adding a lot of vertical storage because there’s no linen closet on this level of the house, but we also need to keep certain things out of Juniper’s reach.

Since we landed on white for all of the furniture, I wanted something a little more interesting on the walls. BLACK! Who am I?! The floor is leftover material from our old house; we have enough for this room and might as well use it. The drawer pulls and faucet aren’t final, but I do know these are the colors and general style we’ll use.

Are you ready to see the current space in all of its ‘90s remodeled glory? (The house was built in 1962, and it looks like this room was only updated once.) I literally stood in the shower to snap this:

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At first glance it’s not the worst bathroom I’ve ever owned, but, again, there are a lot of issues lurking beneath the surface. Can I tell you how ready I am to no longer need a giant runner over our broken tiles? Throw it in the fire!

At this point we’re just taking care of the pain points and leaving the shower and some of the electrical for a later date. (Unless the universe throws us a curveball!) Are you doing any big projects right now?

Be sure you follow along on Instagram; there will be even more over there. DEMO DAY!

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